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Low subcritical co2 adsorption-desorption behavior of intact bituminous coal cores extracted from a shallow coal seam

Masum, Shakil A. ORCID:, Sadasivam, Sivachidambaram ORCID:, Chen, Min and Thomas, Hywel R. ORCID: 2023. Low subcritical co2 adsorption-desorption behavior of intact bituminous coal cores extracted from a shallow coal seam. Langmuir 39 (4) , pp. 1548-1561. 10.1021/acs.langmuir.2c02971

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This study focuses on improving fundamental understanding of low, subcritical CO2 adsorption–desorption behavior of bituminous coals with the aim to evaluate the utility of shallow-depth coal seams for safe and effective CO2 storage. Comprehensive data and a detailed description of coal–CO2 interactions, e.g., adsorption, desorption, and hysteresis behavior of intact bituminous coals at CO2 pressures <0.5 MPa, are limited. Manometric sorption experiments were performed on coal cores (50 mm dia. and 30- or 60-mm length) obtained from a 30 m deep coal seam located at the Upper Silesian Basin in Poland. Experimental results revealed that the adsorption capacities were correlated to void volume and equilibrium time under low-pressure injection (0.5 MPa). The positive deviation, observed in the hysteresis of adsorption–desorption isotherm patterns, and the increased sample mass at the end of the tests suggested CO2 pore diffusion and condensation. This behavior is vital for assessing low-pressure CO2 injection and storage capabilities of shallow coal seams where confining pressure is much lower than that of the deeper seams. Overall, CO2 adsorption depicts a type II adsorption isotherm and a type H3 hysteresis pattern of the IUPAC classification. Experimental results fitted better to the Brunauer–Emmett–Teller model than the Langmuir isotherm model. CO2 adsorption behavior of intact cores was also evaluated by characteristic curves. It was found that Curve I favored physical forces, i.e., the presence of van der Waals/London dispersion forces to describe the coal–CO2 interactions. However, analysis of Curve II indicated that the changing pressure-volume behavior of CO2 in the adsorbed phase, under low equilibrium pressures, cannot be ignored.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Publisher: American Chemical Society
ISSN: 0743-7463
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 26 January 2023
Date of Acceptance: 20 January 2023
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2024 08:09

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